FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 30, 2023

  • Reported third quarter diluted EPS of $0.04; adjusted diluted EPS of $0.11 
  • Delivered total Company net sales of $505 million
  • Achieved gross margin of 38.9%, at high end of outlook 
  • Ended the quarter with $127 million in cash and marketable securities

/PRNewswire/ — Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) (“Company” or “Chico’s FAS”) today announced its financial results for the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2023 (“third quarter”).

“We delivered third quarter results in line with our outlook,” said Molly Langenstein, Chico’s FAS Chief Executive Officer and President. “Our results reflect our team’s continued execution on our four strategic pillars of customer led, product obsessed, digital first, and operationally excellent.”

Langenstein added, “We are excited about the next chapter in our Company’s future with the pending acquisition by Sycamore Partners. We believe they will provide Chico’s FAS with additional expertise, financial resources, and strategic flexibility to further fuel our growth. Our commitment to providing solutions, building communities, and creating memorable experiences to bring women confidence and joy is shared by Sycamore Partners. We look forward to working with them to unlock Chico’s FAS’s full potential.”

Business Highlights

The Company’s third quarter highlights include:

  • Consistent profitability: For the third quarter, the Company reported net income per diluted share of $0.04 and adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.11 (as presented in the accompanying GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation), excluding costs associated with the pending acquisition by Sycamore Partners. (See below.)
  • Solid balance sheet: The Company ended the third quarter with $126.6 million in cash and marketable securities and total liquidity of $361.7 million, with $24.0 million in long-term debt.
  • Pending Merger: On September 27, 2023, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm specializing in retail, consumer, and distribution-related investments, pursuant to which the Company’s shareholders would receive $7.60 per share in cash (“Merger”). If the Merger is successful, Chico’s FAS will become a privately held company. The Merger is expected to close by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2024, subject to both the approval by the Company’s shareholders and customary closing conditions. The Go-Shop Period has ended, and the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, has expired. In addition, the Company filed its Definitive Merger Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 29, 2023. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

Overview of Financial Results

For the third quarter, the Company reported net income of $5.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income of $24.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for last year’s third quarter. The Company reported third quarter adjusted net income of $13.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, excluding the Merger-related costs of $8.0 million, after taxes (as presented in the accompanying GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation).

Sales

The Company reported third quarter net sales of $505.1 million compared to $518.3 million in last year’s third quarter. The year-over-year 2.5% decline primarily reflects a 2.7% decrease in comparable sales driven by lower transaction count, partially offset by higher average dollar sales.

The following table depicts comparable sales percentages for Chico’s FAS, Chico’s, WHBM, and Soma:


Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended


October 28,
2023


October 29,
2022


October 28,
2023


October 29,
2022

Chico’s

0.0 %


28.8 %


0.7 %


36.0 %

White House Black Market

(6.7)


17.0


(6.8)


35.6

Soma

(3.1)


(6.1)


(2.0)


(5.8)

Total Company

(2.7)


16.5


(2.1)


24.7

Gross Margin

For the third quarter, gross profit was $196.4 million, or 38.9% of net sales, compared to $207.4 million, or 40.0% of net sales, in last year’s third quarter. This 110-basis-point decrease in gross margin primarily reflects higher occupancy costs, as well as deleverage on lower net sales.

Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses

For the third quarter, selling, general, and administrative expenses were $178.6 million, or 35.4% of net sales, compared to $175.8 million, or 33.9% of net sales, for last year’s third quarter. The deleverage of 150 basis points primarily reflects increased marketing and store operating expenses to support the Company’s long-term growth strategies.

Merger-Related Costs

Merger-related costs of $7.3 million were recognized during the third quarter.

Income from Operations

Third quarter income from operations was $10.5 million, or 2.1% of net sales, compared to $31.6 million, or 6.1% of net sales, in last year’s third quarter. Excluding the $7.3 million Merger-related costs, adjusted income from operations was $17.8 million, or 3.5% of net sales (as presented in the accompanying GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation).

Income Taxes

The third quarter effective tax rate was 50.3% compared to 19.3% for last year’s third quarter. This year’s effective tax rate primarily reflects the impact of certain incurred and anticipated nondeductible Merger-related costs, and the Company’s projected annual pre-tax income, partially offset by a fiscal 2022 provision-to-return benefit related to federal tax credits. The third quarter effective tax rate, excluding the Merger-related costs, was 25.3% (as presented in the accompanying GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation). Last year’s third quarter effective tax rate primarily reflected the impact of a fiscal 2021 provision-to-return benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to temporary differences.

Balance Sheet

At the end of the third quarter, cash and marketable securities totaled $126.6 million compared to $140.7 million at the end of last year’s third quarter.

Long-term debt at the end of the third quarter totaled $24.0 million compared to $69.0 million at the end of last year’s third quarter, reflecting principal payments of $25.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 and $20.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022.

At the end of the third quarter, inventories totaled $342.7 million compared to $304.1 million at the end of last year’s third quarter. The increase of $38.6 million, or 12.7%, reflects an increase of $19.8 million in on-hand inventories and $18.8 million in in-transit inventories to support anticipated holiday sales.

Conference Call and Outlook

Given the pending acquisition by Sycamore Partners, the Company is not conducting a conference call for the third quarter. In addition, the Company is not providing a financial outlook and is withdrawing its previously issued outlook for fiscal 2023.

ABOUT CHICO’S FAS, INC.

Chico’s FAS is a Florida-based fashion company founded in 1983 on Sanibel Island, FL. The Company reinvented the fashion retail experience by creating fashion communities anchored by service, which put the customer at the center of everything we do. As one of the leading fashion retailers in North America, Chico’s FAS is a company of three unique brands – Chico’s®, White House Black Market®, and Soma® – each operating in their own white space, founded by women, led by women, providing solutions that millions of women say give them confidence and joy.

Our Company has a passion for fashion, and each day, we provide clothing, shoes and accessories, intimate apparel, and expert styling in our brick-and-mortar boutiques, digital online boutiques, and through StyleConnect®, the Company’s customized, branded, digital styling tool that enables customers to conveniently shop wherever, whenever, and however they prefer.

As of October 28, 2023, the Company operated 1,256 stores in the U.S. and sold merchandise through 58 international franchise locations in Mexico and through two domestic franchise locations in airports. The Company’s merchandise is also available at www.chicos.com, www.chicosofftherack.com, www.whbm.com, and www.soma.com.

To learn more about Chico’s FAS, please visit our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com. The information on our corporate website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this press release or incorporated into our federal securities law filings.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This press release may contain statements concerning our current expectations, assumptions, plans, estimates, judgments, and projections about our business and our industry, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements, including, without limitation, the quote from Ms. Langenstein and the section captioned “Business Highlights,” are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In most cases, words or phrases such as “aim,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “target,” “may,” “will,” “plans,” “path,” “outlook,” “project,” “should,” “strategy,” “potential,” “confident,” “assumptions,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based largely on information currently available to our management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable estimates and assumptions, our expectations are not guarantees of performance. There is no assurance that our expectations will occur or that our estimates or assumptions will be correct, and we caution investors and all others not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, those factors described in our Definitive Merger Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 29, 2023; in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K; and, from time to time, in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and the following: the ability of our suppliers, logistics providers, vendors, and landlords to meet their obligations to us in light of financial stress, labor shortages, liquidity challenges, bankruptcy filings by other industry participants, and supply chain and other disruptions; our ability to sufficiently staff our retail stores; changes in general economic conditions, including, but not limited to, consumer confidence and spending patterns; the impacts of rising inflation, gasoline prices, and interest rates on consumer spending; the availability of, and interest rates on, consumer credit; the impact of consumer debt levels and consumers’ ability to meet credit obligations; market disruptions, including pandemics or significant health hazards, severe weather conditions, natural disasters, terrorist activities, financial crises, adverse developments affecting the financial services industry, political and social crises, war and other military conflicts (such as the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war) or other major events, or the prospect of these events (including their impact on consumer spending, inflation, and the global supply chain); shifts in consumer behavior, and our ability to adapt, identify, and respond to new and changing fashion trends and customer preferences, and to coordinate product development with buying and planning; changes in the general or specialty retail or apparel industries, including significant decreases in market demand and the overall level of spending for women’s private-branded clothing and related accessories; our ability to secure and maintain customer acceptance of in-store and online concepts and styles; our ability to maintain strong relationships with our vendors, manufacturers, licensors, and retail customers; increased competition in the markets in which we operate, including for, among other things, premium mall space; our ability to remain competitive with customer shipping terms and costs; decreases in customer traffic at malls, shopping centers, and our stores; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices; significant increases in the costs of manufacturing, raw materials, transportation, importing, distribution, labor, and advertising; decreases in the quality of merchandise received from suppliers and increases in delivery times for receiving such merchandise; our ability to appropriately manage our store fleet; our ability to achieve the expected results of any store openings or store closings; our ability to appropriately manage inventory and allocation processes and leverage targeted promotions; our ability to maintain cost-saving discipline; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow; our ability to operate our retail websites in a profitable manner; our ability to successfully identify and implement additional sales and distribution channels; changes in the timing of holidays or in the onset of seasonal weather affecting period-to-period sales comparisons; our ability to successfully execute and achieve the expected results of our business, brand strategies, brand awareness programs, and merchandising and marketing programs, including, but not limited to, the Company’s rewards programs and its three-year strategic growth plan, sales initiatives, multi-channel strategies, and four strategic pillars, which are (1) customer led, (2) product obsessed, (3) digital first, and (4) operationally excellent; our ability to utilize our Fort Myers campus, our distribution center, and our other support facilities in an efficient and effective manner; our reliance on sourcing from foreign suppliers; significant adverse economic, labor, political, or other shifts (including adverse changes in tariffs, taxes, or other import regulations, particularly with respect to China or Vietnam, or legislation prohibiting certain imports from China or Vietnam); U.S. and foreign governmental actions and policies, and changes thereto; the continuing performance, implementation, and integration of our management information systems; our ability to successfully update and maintain our information systems; the impact of any system failure, cybersecurity, or other data security breaches, including any security breaches resulting in the theft, transfer, or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee, or company information that we or our third-party vendors may experience; the risks that our share repurchase program may not successfully enhance shareholder value, or that share repurchases could be negatively perceived by investors; our ability to comply with applicable domestic and foreign information security and privacy laws, regulations, and technology platform rules or other obligations related to data privacy and security; our ability to attract, hire, train, motivate, and retain qualified employees in an inclusive environment; our ability to successfully recruit leadership or transition members of our senior management team; increased public focus and opinion on environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) initiatives and our ability to meet any announced ESG goals and initiatives; future unsolicited offers to buy the Company and actions of activist shareholders and others, and our ability to respond effectively; our ability to secure and protect our trademark and other intellectual property rights; our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images; unanticipated obligations or changes in estimates arising from new or existing litigation, income taxes, and other regulatory proceedings; unanticipated adverse changes in legal, regulatory, or tax laws; our ability to comply with the terms of our credit agreement, including the restrictive provisions limiting our flexibility in operating our business and in obtaining additional credit on commercially reasonable terms; the completion of the pending acquisition by Sycamore Partners (“Merger”) – pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated September 27, 2023, by and among Daphne Parent LLC, Daphne Merger Sub, Inc., and the Company (“Merger Agreement”) – on the anticipated terms and timing, or at all; the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, including in circumstances requiring the Company to pay a termination fee; potential litigation relating to the Merger that could be instituted against the Company or its directors or officers, including the effects of any outcomes related thereto; the risk that disruptions from the Merger will harm the Company’s business, including current plans and operations; the ability of the Company to retain and hire key personnel during the pendency of the Merger; the diversion of management’s time and attention from ordinary course business operations to completion of the Merger; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the Merger; potential business uncertainty, including changes to existing business relationships, during the pendency of the Merger; and certain restrictions during the pendency of the Merger that may impact the Company’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions.

These factors should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements contained herein. All forward-looking statements that are made, or are attributable to us, are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Investor Relations Contact:

Julie MacMedan
Chico’s FAS, Inc.
(239) 346-4384
[email protected]

Chico’s FAS, Inc. • 11215 Metro Parkway • Fort Myers, Florida 33966 • (239) 277-6200

Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended


October 28, 2023


October 29, 2022


October 28, 2023


October 29, 2022


Amount


% of

Sales


Amount


% of

Sales


Amount


% of

Sales


Amount


% of

Sales

Net Sales:
















Chico’s

$    252,221


49.9 %


$    255,341


49.3 %


$    800,088


50.5 %


$    801,584


49.5 %

White House Black Market

147,498


29.2


157,451


30.4


451,016


28.4


485,061


30.0

Soma

105,407


20.9


105,540


20.3


333,891


21.1


331,322


20.5

Total Net Sales

505,126


100.0


518,332


100.0


1,584,995


100.0


1,617,967


100.0

Cost of goods sold

308,677


61.1


310,892


60.0


946,637


59.7


962,448


59.5

Gross Profit

196,449


38.9


207,440


40.0


638,358


40.3


655,519


40.5

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

178,643


35.4


175,841


33.9


520,672


32.8


520,296


32.1

Merger-related costs

7,277


1.4




7,277


0.5



Income from Operations

10,529


2.1


31,599


6.1


110,409


7.0


135,223


8.4

Interest expense, net

(389)


(0.1)


(1,080)


(0.2)


(1,439)


(0.1)


(3,111)


(0.2)

Income before Income Taxes

10,140


2.0


30,519


5.9


108,970


6.9


132,112


8.2

Income tax provision

5,100


1.0


5,900


1.2


4,700


0.3


30,600


1.9

Net Income

$         5,040


1.0 %


$      24,619


4.7 %


$    104,270


6.6 %


$    101,512


6.3 %

















Per Share Data:
















Net income per common share – basic

$           0.04




$           0.20




$           0.87




$           0.84



Net income per common and common
equivalent share – diluted

$           0.04




$           0.20




$           0.85




$           0.82



Weighted average common shares
outstanding – basic

119,457




120,333




119,424




119,776



Weighted average common and common
equivalent shares outstanding – diluted

122,735




124,887




122,500




124,016



Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)



October 28, 2023


January 28, 2023


October 29, 2022

ASSETS





Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$                 101,944


$                 153,377


$                 117,726

Marketable securities, at fair value

24,702


24,677


23,017

Inventories

342,721


276,840


304,127

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

51,086


48,604


47,208

Income taxes receivable

9,181


11,865


15,430

Total Current Assets

529,634


515,363


507,508

Property and Equipment, net

200,980


192,165


183,153

Right of Use Assets

466,888


435,321


432,018

Other Assets:






Goodwill

16,360


16,360


16,360

Other intangible assets, net

5,000


5,000


5,000

Other assets, net

45,853


23,632


18,890

Total Other Assets

67,213


44,992


40,250


$              1,264,715


$              1,187,841


$              1,162,929







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY





Current Liabilities:






Accounts payable

$                 153,401


$                 156,262


$                 107,400

Current lease liabilities

150,053


153,202


157,687

Other current and deferred liabilities

138,887


141,698


155,133

Total Current Liabilities

442,341


451,162


420,220

Noncurrent Liabilities:






Long-term debt

24,000


49,000


69,000

Long-term lease liabilities

373,823


349,409


346,560

Other noncurrent and deferred liabilities

1,956


2,637


2,612

Total Noncurrent Liabilities

399,779


401,046


418,172

Commitments and Contingencies






Shareholders’ Equity:






Preferred stock



Common stock

1,234


1,250


1,250

Additional paid-in capital

516,323


513,914


510,374

Treasury stock, at cost

(514,168)


(494,395)


(494,395)

Retained earnings

419,292


315,022


307,536

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(86)


(158)


(228)

Total Shareholders’ Equity

422,595


335,633


324,537


$              1,264,715


$              1,187,841


$              1,162,929

Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statements

(Unaudited)

 (in thousands)



Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended


October 28, 2023


October 29, 2022

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net income

$                        104,270


$                        101,512

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Inventory write-offs


826

Depreciation and amortization

31,283


33,350

Non-cash lease expense

135,679


137,184

Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment, net

83


1,804

Deferred tax benefit

(15,825)


(381)

Share-based compensation expense

9,136


10,321

Changes in assets and liabilities:




Inventories

(65,881)


18,436

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(10,480)


(2,591)

Income tax receivable

2,684


(1,732)

Accounts payable

(2,778)


(73,120)

Accrued and other liabilities

(6,924)


13,583

Lease liability

(145,729)


(155,561)

Net cash provided by operating activities

35,518


83,631

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




Purchases of marketable securities

(13,913)


(26,376)

Proceeds from sale of marketable securities

13,938


3,083

Purchases of property and equipment

(35,460)


(21,207)

Proceeds from sale of assets


2,772

Net cash used in investing activities

(35,435)


(41,728)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:




Payments on borrowings

(25,000)


(30,000)

Payments of debt issuance costs


(706)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

329


239

Repurchase of treasury stock under repurchase program

(19,805)


Payments of tax withholdings related to share-based awards

(7,040)


(8,815)

Net cash used in financing activities

(51,516)


(39,282)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(51,433)


2,621

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of period

153,377


115,105

Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of period

$                        101,944


$                        117,726

Supplemental Detail on Net Income per Common Share Calculation

In accordance with accounting guidance, unvested share-based payment awards that include non-forfeitable rights to dividends, whether paid or unpaid, are considered participating securities. As a result, such awards are required to be included in the calculation of income per common share, pursuant to the “two-class” method. For the Company, participating securities are comprised entirely of unvested restricted stock awards granted prior to fiscal 2020.

Net income per share is determined using the two-class method when it is more dilutive than the treasury stock method. Basic net income per share is computed by dividing net income available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period, including participating securities. Diluted net income per share reflects the dilutive effect of potential common shares from non-participating securities, such as restricted stock awards granted after fiscal 2019, stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and restricted stock units. For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2023 and October 29, 2022, potential common shares were excluded from the computation of diluted income per common share to the extent they were antidilutive.

The following unaudited table sets forth the computation of net income per basic and diluted common share shown on the face of the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income (in thousands, except per share amounts):



Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended



October 28, 2023


October 29, 2022


October 28, 2023


October 29, 2022

Numerator:









Net income


$                    5,040


$                  24,619


$                104,270


$                101,512

Net income allocated to participating securities


(2)


(47)


(113)


(370)

Net income available to common shareholders


$                    5,038


$                  24,572


$                104,157


$                101,142










Denominator:









Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic


119,457


120,333


119,424


119,776

Dilutive effect of non-participating securities


3,278


4,554


3,076


4,239

Weighted average common and common equivalent
shares outstanding – diluted


122,735


124,887


122,500


124,016










Net income per common share:









Basic


$                       0.04


$                       0.20


$                       0.87


$                       0.84

Diluted


$                       0.04


$                       0.20


$                       0.85


$                       0.82

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, this press release includes non-GAAP financial measures that are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be used as a supplement to, and not as an alternative to, the Company’s GAAP financial results, and the Company’s management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, the non-GAAP measures utilized by the Company may be unique to the Company, as they may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The Company believes presenting these non-GAAP measures, which exclude items that are not comparable from period to period, is useful to investors and others in evaluating the Company’s ongoing operating and financial results in a manner that is consistent with management’s evaluation of business performance and understanding how such results compare with the Company’s historical performance.

The below reconciliations exclude costs related to the pending acquisition by Sycamore Partners incurred during the third quarter and the favorable non-cash impact of the tax valuation allowance reversal in this year’s second quarter.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Income from Operations

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)









Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended



October 28, 2023

Income from Operations:










Income from Operations (GAAP basis)


$                              10,529


$                            110,409

Merger-related costs


7,277


7,277

Adjusted Income from Operations (Non-GAAP adjusted basis)


$                              17,806


$                            117,686






Income from Operations % of Net Sales:










Income from Operations % of Net Sales (GAAP basis)


2.1 %


7.0 %

Merger-related costs % of net sales


1.4


0.5

Adjusted Income from Operations % of Net Sales (Non-GAAP adjusted
basis)


3.5 %


7.5 %

The table below presents a reconciliation of net income and income per diluted share on a GAAP basis to adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2023.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)









Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended



October 28, 2023

Net Income:










Net Income (GAAP basis)


$                                5,040


$                            104,270

Merger-related costs (1)


7,977


7,952

Tax valuation allowance reversal



(25,575)

Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP adjusted basis)


$                              13,017


$                              86,647






Net income per common and common equivalent share – diluted:










Net income per common and common share equivalent (GAAP basis)


$                                  0.04


$                                   0.85

Merger-related costs per common share equivalent


0.07


0.07

Tax valuation allowance reversal per common share equivalent



(0.21)

Adjusted net income per common and common equivalent share – diluted
(Non-GAAP adjusted basis)


$                                  0.11


$                                   0.71


(1) Merger-related costs are inclusive of both $7,277 thousand in fees incurred as of October 28, 2023 and the tax impact of Merger-related costs expected to be incurred during the fiscal year.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Adjusted Effective Tax Rate

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)








Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended



October 28, 2023

Effective Tax Rate (GAAP basis)


50.3 %


4.3 %






Tax valuation allowance reversal




23.5

Anticipated nondeductible Merger-related costs


(17.9)


(1.7)

Change in projected income before income taxes


(11.7)


(1.1)

Net discrete benefits


3.5


0.3

Other


1.1


0.2






Adjusted Effective Tax Rate (Non-GAAP adjusted basis)


25.3 %


25.5 %

Chicos FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Store Count and Square Footage

Thirteen Weeks Ended October 28, 2023

(Unaudited)













July 29, 2023


New Stores


Closures


October 28, 2023



Store Count:










Chico’s frontline boutiques

484



(1)


483



Chico’s outlets

120



(1)


119



WHBM frontline boutiques

322



(1)


321



WHBM outlets

53




53



Soma frontline boutiques

259


1



260



Soma outlets

20




20



Total Chico’s FAS, Inc.

1,258


1


(3)


1,256
























July 29, 2023


New Stores


Closures


Other Changes in
SSF


October 28, 2023

Net Selling Square Footage
(“SSF”):










Chico’s frontline boutiques

1,317,346



(2,876)


(1,544)


1,312,926

Chico’s outlets

301,647



(2,148)



299,499

WHBM frontline boutiques

754,198



(2,656)


(1,028)


750,514

WHBM outlets

110,394





110,394

Soma frontline boutiques

477,505


1,234



(754)


477,985

Soma outlets

37,539





37,539

Total Chico’s FAS, Inc.

2,998,629


1,234


(7,680)


(3,326)


2,988,857


As of October 28, 2023, the Company’s franchise operations consisted of 58 international retail locations in Mexico and two domestic locations in airports.

Chicos FAS, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Store Count and Square Footage

Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended October 28, 2023

(Unaudited)












January 28, 2023


New Stores


Closures


October 28, 2023



Store count:










Chico’s frontline boutiques

488



(5)


483



Chico’s outlets

121



(2)


119



WHBM frontline boutiques

328



(7)


321



WHBM outlets

53




53



Soma frontline boutiques

259


2


(1)


260



Soma outlets

20




20



Total Chico’s FAS, Inc.

1,269


2


(15)


1,256
























January 28, 2023


New Stores


Closures


Other Changes in
SSF


October 28, 2023

Net Selling Square Footage:










Chico’s frontline boutiques

1,326,251



(13,526)


201


1,312,926

Chico’s outlets

304,487



(4,988)



299,499

WHBM frontline boutiques

767,063



(17,215)


666


750,514

WHBM outlets

110,394





110,394

Soma frontline boutiques

476,669


2,445


(1,533)


404


477,985

Soma outlets

37,539





37,539

Total Chico’s FAS, Inc.

3,022,403


2,445


(37,262)


1,271


2,988,857


As of October 28, 2023, the Company’s franchise operations consisted of 58 international retail locations in Mexico and two domestic locations in airports.

SOURCE Chico’s FAS, Inc.

Originally published at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chicos-fas-inc-reports-third-quarter-results-in-line-with-outlook-302001509.html
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